The most popular words used on the Net in 2013

An annual survey by Global Language Monitor has discovered “404” as the top word used on the Internet in 2013. Hardly surprising since it’s the error code for page not found.

The top english word was “fail” followed by “Hashtag” and then the Pope’s Twitter handle “@pontifex”.

The survey scans the net and counts the words usage based online throughout English speaking countries.

The full list is:


1. 404

2. Fail

3. Hashtag

4. @Pontifex

5. The Optic

6. Surveillance

7. Drones

8. Deficit

9. Sequestration

10. Emancipate

11. Filibuster

12. Nano

13. Twerking

14. Deadlock

15. Franken-

16. Meme

17. Stalemate

18. The Cloud

19. Phony

20. Comet


1. Pope Francis

2. ObamaCare

3. NSA

4. Ed Snowden

5. Kate Middleton

6. IRS

7. Ted Cruz

8. Chris Christie

9. Tea Party

10. Marathon Bombers

11. Malala Yousafzai

12. Xi Jinping

13. President Obama

14. Hassan Rouhani

15. Sochi Olympics

Source: Language Monitor via


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